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Tessa V. West, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Psychology
New York University

Tessa West is an Associate Professor of Psychology at New York University. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut in 2008, immediately after which she became a faculty member at NYU. Dr. West is a leading expert on interpersonal interaction and communication. Her work focuses on interactions between Whites and racial minorities in workplace, academic, and medical settings, and between men and women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) settings. Dr. West is also a leading expert in quantitative analysis and statistics.

Dr. West has published over 50 articles in the field of psychology’s most prestigious journals, including, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, Psychological Science, Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, and Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. She has received multiple grants from the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health. Dr. West has received several career awards, including the early career award from the Foundation for Personality and Social Psychology, and the Theoretical Innovation Prize from the Foundation for Personality and Social Psychology among others. Dr. West’s work has been covered by numerous media outlets, including Scientific American, the New York Times, ABC World News, TIME, the Huffington Post, and the Guardian. She has given over 50 talks on her work at major conferences and business schools (including Columbia Business School, Stanford School of Business, and University of Chicago Booth School of Business).

You can follow Tessa West on twitter @tessawestnyu.

PhD, University of Connecticut, 2008 (Social Psychology)

BA, University of California at Santa Barbara, 2003 (Psychology)

Associate Professor of Psychology, New York University, 2008-present

Lab: The West Interpersonal Perception Lab

West, T. V., & Schoenthaler, A. (in press). Color-blind and multicultural strategies in medical settings. Social Issues and Policy Review.

Stern, C., Balcetis, E., Cole, S., West, T. V., & Caruso, E. (2016). Government instability shifts skin tone representations of and intentions to vote for political candidates. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.

Stern, C., West, T. V, & Rule, N. O. (2015). Conservatives negatively evaluate counterstereotypical people to maintain a sense of certainty. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America.

*Stern, C., West, T. V., Jost, J. T., & Rule, N. O. (2014). ‘Ditto Heads’: Do conservatives perceive greater consensus within their ranks than liberals?” Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 40, 1162-1177.

West, T. V., Pearson, A. R., & Stern, C. (2014). Anxiety appraisal in intergroup interaction: When situational explanations backfire. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 107, 825-843.

West, T. V., Magee, J. C., Gullett, L., & Gordon, S. H. (2014). A little similarity goes a long way: The effects of peripheral but self-revealing similarities on improving and sustaining interracial relationships. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 107, 81-100.

Waters, S. F., West, T. V., & Mendes, W. B. (2014). Stress contagion: Physiological covariation between mothers and babies. Psychological Science, 25, 934-942.

Stern, C., & West, T. V. (2014). Circumventing anxiety during interpersonal encounters to promote interest in contact: An implementation intention approach. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 50, 82-93.

West, T. V., Heilman, M. E., *Gullet, L., Moss-Racusin, C., A., & Magee, J. C. (2012). Building blocks of bias: Gender composition predicts male and female group members; evaluations of each other and the group. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 48, 1209-1212.

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